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FOX took the night in both the adults 18-49 and 18-34 demographics, with CBS winning the most viewers for the night.

Almost everything ticked up at least a little bit from last week, even NBC’s Mercy, which went up from a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating to a 2.0.  Modern Family had the most robust gain jumping from a 3.2 a 3.6.  So You Think You Can Dance was up from a 2.5 last week to a 2.8 last night and CSI: NY also experienced a 3 tick gain going from a 2.9 last week to a 3.2 last night.

Hank was flat at a 1.6, same as last week and Eastwick was down a tick from a 1.8 to a 1.7 and was edged out by tied The Jay Leno Show’s 1.7.  Jay is holding his own against scripted content on ABC a couple of nights a week!  Take that, scripted!

Earlier in the night The Middle was down a tick from last week to a 2.0.

All above comparisons are preliminary numbers vs.preliminary numbers.

Late Night: scandal seems to be Letterman’s friend as LATE SHOW again edged out Conan and TONIGHT SHOW last night with adults 18-49 (1.0 v. 0.9) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.  Conan won with adults 18-34 but it was close (0.8 vs. 0.7).   Fallon and Ferguson tied with adults 18-49 (0.6 for both) but Fallon had a more commanding lead with adults 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.4).

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.8/8 7.07
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.2/7 7.48
NBC Mercy 2.0/6 7.32
ABC Hank 1.6/5 6.24
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.4/4 3.09
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.0/6 6.75
CBS Gary Unmarried 2.4/7 7.39
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.6/9 13.41
ABC Modern Family 3.6/9 9.29
FOX Glee 3.3/9 7.54
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.7/7 8.78
CW Melrose Place (R) 0.4/4 0.88
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 3.2/8 7.91
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 3.2/9 12.95
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7/5 6.16
ABC Eastwick 1.7/5 5.09

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